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12:55 PM ET, February 16, 2007


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Ryan Olson / Red Herring:
Google Agrees to Buy Adscape  —  Search king to pay $23 million for in-game advertising startup.  —  Google has made a foray into in-game advertising for video games with an agreement to acquire Adscape Media for $23 million, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google to Buy Adscape for $23 Million
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and Valleywag
Joris Evers / CNET
Hack lets intruders sneak into home routers  —  If you haven't changed the default password on your home router, let this recent threat serve as a reminder.  —  Attackers could change the configuration of home routers using JavaScript code, security researchers at Indiana University and Symantec have discovered.
Zulfikar Ramzan /
Drive-By Pharming: How Clicking on a Link Can Cost You Dearly  —  I wanted to talk about a recent new attack, called Drive-By Pharming, which I co-developed with Sid Stamm and Markus Jakobsson of the Indiana University School of Informatics.  It allows attackers to create a Web page that …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Dangers of Default Passwords
Discussion: InterActive Home
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
One million OLPC laptop orders confirmed  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Quanta Computer, the world's largest contract laptop PC manufacturer, already has confirmed orders for one million notebook PCs for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, a company representative said Thursday.
Discussion: IP Democracy, Engadget and digg
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OLPC project to ship first 2,500 units for testing  —  Following the success of initial trials, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project plans to roll out a total of 2,500 units later this month for the next stage of testing.  —  Recipients of the upcoming test units include Argentina …
Discussion: Engadget and Smalltalk Tidbits …
New York Times:
Viewers Fast-Forwarding Past Ads?  Not Always  —  People with digital video recorders like TiVo never watch commercials, right?  —  Add that to the list of urban — and suburban — myths.  —  It turns out that a lot of people with digital video recorders are not fast-forwarding and time-shifting as much as advertisers feared.
Justin Haugh / Official Google Reader Blog:
One subscriber, two subscribers, three...  When building a product, your top priority should always be the needs of your users.  Here on the Google Reader team, we pride ourselves in being responsive to the complaints and feature requests of those who read feeds using our service.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Reader Reporting Subscriber Numbers, Offers New Publishers Guide  —  Google Reader has now announced that it is now providing subscriber counts, the number of people who read your blog through feeds at Google Reader or the Google Personalized Homepage.
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt /
Not my job doesn't exist anymore in newspapers  —  Back in January, Mindy McAdams wrote an empassioned post titled Getting (and keeping) a job in journalism.  Worth reading (again) if you haven't.  I was thinking about that post today, because I had one of those strange days in journalism …
Will Sullivan / Journerdism:
AJC explodes the newsroom, makes MAJOR changes; Study says: Ya gotsta spend money to make it; Newpaper's public record database nets 4 million hits in less than three months; Teaching multimedia tips  —  February 16th, 2007  —  80 voluntary buyouts.  Reorganizing the newsroom structure …
Successforce Blog:
Salesforce's IdeaExchange, Yahoo! Suggestions, Feedlounge & Wordpress Ideas - What Do They Have in Common?  —  Yahoo Suggestions launched today with much blogospheric fanfare and an undeserved drubbing from the Digg crowd.  I think it's great validation of what we've been doing on the IdeaExchange …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Appeerances Can Be Deceiving  —  The new Apple TV media extender is supposed to ship this month, perhaps even by the time you read this column, and if you are like me you are wondering what that 40-gig hard drive is doing inside.  I'm guessing we won't know for sure until later this year …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Carlos Mencia Claims Copyright Infringement On Comedian Who Accuses Mencia Of Stealing Jokes  —  from the ah,-the-tangled-web-we-weave dept  —  Another day, another convoluted DMCA claim.  Earlier this week, one of the hot stories getting passed around was how comedian (and Fear Factor host) …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Macrovision sends pretty lies to Steve Jobs  —  The CEO of Macrovision has sent an open letter to Steve Jobs telling him off for speaking out against DRM.  Macrovision is a company that makes abusive DRMs (the system that stops you from hooking up your VCR and your DVD player in series …
Discussion: Engadget and
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Meets 'American Idol' With Prizes to Inspire Inventors  —  FACING down stiff competition to win fame and big prize money?  Forget singing for Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.  Try sequencing DNA for a panel of technology investors.  —  Yes, something like an "American Idol" …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
FreeYourID: Personalized OpenID  —  FreeYourID is a new web service that allows users to register a personal .Name domain name which in turn can be used as an OpenID identifier, website URL and email host.  Your domain name will be in the format of and the domain can then be directed …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Global Nerdy
Joe / Techdirt:
More Questions Raised About Google's Sweetheart Deal In North Carolina  —  from the sweeter-and-sweeter dept  —  Recently, we pointed to a story suggesting that Google, like Microsoft in its early days, still has a thing or two to learn about dealing with politicians.
News & Record Syndication Feed:
Economic study unfinished before Google deal
Digital neighbourhood watch plan  —  A neighbourhood watch for the digital age, utilising the power of social networking, has been proposed.  —  Two lecturers in the US have suggested creating a network of Community Response Grids (CRG) in conjunction with the emergency services.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Jury Sides With Sample Troll Who Probably Doesn't Even Own Rights …
Jennifer Laycock / Todd Mintz:
The Google Grants Program: Click Here For Charity
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
10 Tips for Organizing Your E-mail
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Joe / Techdirt:
Yes, Those Free DVDs On Amazon Were Too Good To Be True
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple plugs four security holes
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google domains hint at "Google Express"
Mike / Techdirt:
DMCA Takedown For Professor Showing How Copyright Owners Exaggerate Their Rights
Discussion: Wendy's Blog and Tech_Space
 Earlier Items: 
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
OpenMoko - open source cell phone
Discussion: Engadget
Vista Sales Estimates Indicate Dwindling Retail Channel
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple may turn to induction for iPod docking, charging
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Building an Relationship Economy
Alexander Gelfand / Wired News:
Toys That Protect Kids From Pervs
Discussion: ALLIED
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Inventor sues Slingbox maker for patent infringement
Hiding messages in plain sight

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

Committee to Protect Journalists:
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